Dr. Jim Walther is an Assistant Professor at Emporia State University in the School of Library and Information Management. Previous roles include a successful record in law library research, management and leadership (Bryan Cave and Greenberg Traurig); sales and leadership roles in publishing (LexisNexis and Emerald Group Publishing) and training and staff development (The New York Public Library and The Metropolitan Opera)
He developed his project management focus while the Director of Staff Development of The New York Public Library (NYPL), where Dr. Walther managed a two million dollar grant that aimed at expanding staff development opportunities to improve library services. His unit functioned as an internal university for staff, offering a range of courses and programs, including two Leadership Academies for managers in the organization, funded by IMLS.
As a consultant on financial affairs for the Department of Education, National Library of Education, Walther has served on the evaluation board for four evaluation papers on assessing the ERIC System, writing on the measurable value of its collection of clearinghouses, and their system-wide database. Dr. Walther also wrote an assessment and internal White Paper on the need for a re-examination of government funding and revenue streams exclusively for the ERIC system. At the ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, D.C., Dr. Walther wrote two policy papers for the greater education community through the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Walther’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are his bachelor of arts in Sociology and Political Science and his masters in Library and Information Science. His doctorate, from The George Washington University, School of Education and Human Development, focused on institutional decision-making, finance, scholarly communication and intellectual property, the role of the academic library on campuses, as well as adult learning and curriculum.
Sunday, June 24
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM